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Sampa - A Passion for life


Sao Paulo is about passion. Passion for people and the grandeur of urban scenarios. Passion for something greater than yourself. It drives you and yet it holds the reins. Mature passion. Dances with faith, hope and love as inseparable companions. If you love Sampa in such ways you will have no fear or regret. (GF)


São Paulo* (pronounced /sa?n ?pa?.lo?/, /sæn ?pa?.lo?/ or, commonly, /sa? ?pa.lo?/ in English) is the largest city in Brazil and the world's 6th largest metropolitan area. (Also the largest city proper in the Western World). The city is the capital of the state of São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state. It is also the richest city in Brazil. The name of the city honors Saint Paul. São Paulo exerts strong regional influence in commerce and finance as well as arts and entertainment. São Paulo is considered an Alpha World City.

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Sao Paulo City

Sao Paulo's metropolitan area has more than 19 million people. If the city were a country, its economy would be the 47th in the world...


Cultural characteristics

  • International, first-name familiarity; whereby a city is recognized without the need for a political subdivision. For example, New York City is commonly referred to as just "New York" even though the city is in the state of New York.
  • Renowned cultural institutions (often with high endowments), such as notable museums and galleries, notable opera, orchestras, notable film centres and theatre centres. A lively cultural scene, including film festivals (such as the Toronto International Film Festival), premieres, a thriving music scene, nightlife, an opera company, art galleries, and street performers, annual parades.
  • Several influential media outlets with an international reach, such as the BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, or Agence France-Presse.
  • A strong sporting community, including major sports facilities, home teams in major league sports, and the ability and historical experience to host international sporting events such as the Olympic Games, Football World Cup, or Grand Slam tennis events.
  • Educational institutions; e.g., universities, international student attendance,research facilities
  • Sites of pilgrimage for world religions
  • Cities containing World Heritage Sites of historical and cultural significance[21]
  • Tourism throughput
  • City as site or subject in Arts and Media, television, film, video games, music, literature, magazines, articles, documentary
  • City as an often repeated historic reference, showcase, or symbolic actions


Physical settings

São Paulo is located in Southeastern Brazil, in southeastern São Paulo State, approximately halfway between Curitiba the Capital of Paraná State, previously part of São Paulo State and Rio de Janeiro, formerly capital of Brazil and now capital of the State which bears the same. The city is located on a plateau that is part of the Serra do Mar (Portuguese for "Sea Range"), itself a component of the vast region known as the Brazilian Highlands, with an average elevation of around 799 metres (2,621 ft) above sea level, though at a distance of only about 70 kilometers (43 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean. This distance is covered by two highways, the Anchieta and the Imigrantes, (see "Transportation" section below) that roll down the range, leading to the port city of Santos and the beach resort of Guarujá. Rolling terrain prevails within the urbanized areas of São Paulo except in the North of the city, where the Serra da Cantareira Range boasts higher elevations and a sizable remnant of the Atlantic Rain Forest. The entire region is very stable tectonically, and no significant seismic activity has ever been recorded.

The Tietê River, and its tributary, the Pinheiros River were once important sources of fresh water and leisure for São Paulo, only to become grossly polluted by raw sewage and industrial effluents in the latter half of the 20th century. However, a substantial clean-up program for both rivers is underway, financed through a partnership between local government and international development banks such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.[17] Neither river is navigable in the stretch that flows through the city, although water transportation becomes increasingly important on the river Tietê further downstream (towards South, near river Paraná), as the river is part of the River Plate basin.

There are no large natural lakes in the region, but the Billings and Guarapiranga reservoirs in the southern outskirts of the city are used for power generation, water storage, and leisure activities, such as sailing. The original flora consisted mainly of a great variety of broadleaf evergreens.



São Paulo has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate (Cwa), according to the Köppen classification. In summer, temperatures are between 20 °C (68 °F) and 30 °C (86 °F), and 35 °C (95 °F) on the hottest days. In winter, are between 10 °C (50 °F) and 20 °C (68 °F), and 5 °C (41 °F). on the coldest days. The highest temperature recorded was 35.3 °C (95.5 °F) November 15, 1985. And the lowest recorded was ?2 °C (28.4 °F) in August 2, 1955, and in the same day was recorded ?3 °C (26.6 °F) unofficially. The temperatures rate are similar to Los Angeles. The Tropic of Capricorn, at about 23°27' S, passes through São Paulo and roughly marks the boundary between the tropical and temperate areas of South America. Because of its elevation, however, São Paulo enjoys a distinctly temperate climate.[20]

Rainfall is abundant, amounting to an annual average of 1,317 millimeters (51.9 in).[21] It is especially common in the warmer months, and somewhat scant between June and August. Neither São Paulo nor the nearby coast has ever been hit by a tropical cyclone, and tornadic activity is uncommon. Snow flurries were reported officially only once, on June 25, 1918. During late winter, especially August, the city experiences the phenomenon known as "veranico" (Little summer), which consists of a bout of unusually hot and dry weather, sometimes reaching temperatures well above 28 °C (82 °F). On the other hand, relatively cool days during summer are fairly common when persistent winds blow from the ocean. On such occasions daily high temperatures may not surpass 20 °C (68 °F), accompanied by lows often below 15 °C (59 °F).


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The City of Crazy Life

This is a trailer for a medium length film produced for projection in TUBA-IN, a party that happens inside a movie theater in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The movie is a detour trip into São Paulo City in August of 2009. It's experimental without any directions, like the city tour. The full movie doesn’t have any audio.


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